With a French chic vibe and several postcard-perfect beaches, St. Barth’s has long been at the top of Members' destination wish lists. After years of searching for just the right properties to match the Club’s exacting standards, Exclusive Resorts is thrilled to announce the addition of St. Barth’s to our residence portfolio. Three new luxury villas, located near St. Barth’s most desirable beaches and attraction, will be available for booking in March 2018.

Tourism in the Caribbean has taken a hit following the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. St. Barth's has been praised for getting cleaned up and back to normal faster than any other island affected by this fall’s storms, says Jim Reilly, Director of Portfolio Procurement for Exclusive Resorts. "Most utilities on the island were back up within 15 days."

Here, Reilly, and ER’s Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Sara Whitford, share the latest updates from St. Barth's and why now, more than ever, is the time to book your dream beach vacation.

Q.

ER: The Caribbean has so many islands to choose from. What made St. Barth’s the right fit for the ER portfolio?  

SW: We chose St. Barth’s because it’s a one-of-a-kind island. Its combination of beautiful beaches, crystal blue waters, gourmet dining options, and high-end shopping have made it a haven for celebrities and travelers with discerning tastes. Members have told us that they’d love to see St. Barth’s added to our portfolio and now we’ve found the right villas to offer them.

JR: We have tried to get St. Barth’s in our portfolio for years. Being able to stay in a top tier, high demand Caribbean destination, in a $4-7 million-dollar house provides a tremendous value to our Members.

ER: How is St. Barth’s different from the other eight Caribbean destinations in the ER portfolio? 

SW: Although located in the Caribbean, St. Barth’s has a very international feel and of course there’s the French influence that comes through in the food, the style, and the language. You have the option to relax and unwind or see and be seen. In addition to the white-sand beaches, arguably some of the most beautiful in the Caribbean, the island also has mountains, technically volcanic peaks.

ER: Each of the three residences has a slight different location. What are highlights of each address and each property?

JR: We intentionally selected 3 different areas, focusing on a few key similarities. First, all of the villas are walking distance to the beach and in the most desirable neighborhoods. Four-bedroom Villa Apache is in the center of St. Jean and located just above a small pocket of great shopping and restaurants. Newly built, five-bedroom Villa Grace is in Anse des Cayes, less than two miles from Gustavia and right above the famous Cheval Blanc Resort. Four bedroom Domaine de Mel is just steps from St. Jean, one of St. Barth’s best beaches. All of the homes are elevated and have tremendous views as well as large outdoor areas with barbecues and pools.

ER: St. Barth’s, like much of the Caribbean, was impacted by the recent hurricanes. How has the island been able to recover thus far? What should Members expect?

JR: Flights are back to about 50 percent right now but should be 100 percent by early 2018 and this includes Tradewind flights from San Juan as well as flights from St. Martin. There is very little impact affecting our Members by the time our residences welcome guests in March. Two notable places not reopening until summer 2018 include Nikki Beach and Eden Rock hotel. Most restaurants are on track to be open again by early 2018. Visiting the region is what is going to really help get St. Barth’s back on its feet

ER: Who should visit?

SW: St. Barth’s is a great destination for couples looking for a romantic getaway or groups of friends who love great food and shopping. The island is geared more toward adults, though families with older children find it ideal to unplug and reconnect.

JR: These residences will be equally popular with our Members who are familiar with the island as well as first-time visitors.